No matter what type of job you are in, there is always a risk of getting injured on the job. While there are certain professions where the risk is much greater than others, things can happen in any work environment that can cause serious injury or even death.
Some employees may understand that if they are injured while at work, they may be eligible for workers' compensation. But claiming those benefits can be a challenging process, especially if the employee is trying to recover from the injury at the same time.
One man who recently suffered a serious electrical burn while on the job will likely need workers' compensation benefits to help with some of his medical expenses and lost wages.
The incident occurred at a quarry where welders were doing repair work. A man was hoisting supplies up with a bucket truck when part of the truck touched a power line hanging overhead. The man was instantly shocked and sustained a number of burn injuries. A second worker had also been with him but was not hurt.
The injured welder was immediately transported to a nearby hospital and admitted into the burn unit. Though the burns were serious, hospital staff determined that his life was not in danger.
It may take some time for this worker to recover from the burn injuries. Not only will it take some time, but it will likely be a painful process. Workers' compensation benefits could help with some of the financial stress that can arise after an unexpected work accident. Instead of worrying about medical bills and how to pay for them, the worker can take some time to rest and recover until he is ready to return to work.
Source: The Marietta Daily Journal: "Worker injured in Kennesaw quarry accident," Geoff Folsom, Nov. 3, 2011